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X . -v the Cincinnati enquirer Tomorrow: Help for hearts Coverage of today's Heart Mini-Marathon, where in-line skaters will join walkers and runners to benefit the American Heart Association. I;JISrction. Lotteries 2; Your Town 31 Obituaries 9 Editor: Jim Smith, 768-8600 Sunday March 26, 1995 MO METRO MARK PURDY Tyson free, but what has he learned? PLAINFIELD, Ind. "We drove all night for this," said Sean Dawson. He was a college kid, 19 years old, from Decatur, 111. It was 5:45 a.m. Satwv day morning. Dawson and three friends were standing along a country road 150 yards from the prison entrance. They were waiting for Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion, to be released from jail. Dawson and his buddies all wore "TYSON IS BACK" T-shirts. "Some guy just sold us these for 10 bucks," said Dawson. "Tyson went in jail when we were in high school. We all thought he was innocent. We promised we'd go see him when he got out." They weren't alone. Hundreds of others gathered along the roadway. Overhead, four helicopters droned. In a taped-off media area near the main doorway to the Indiana Youth Center, perhaps 200 reporters and cameramen paced in the 30-degree chill. Eleven TV trucks with satellite dishes filled up the parking lot. The CNN truck was parked in a space labeled, "FOOD SERVICE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH." "Five minutes!" someone yelled. A dark blue stretch limousine was parked in the entrance drive. Suddenly, Mon-i ica Turner, a tall medical student reported to be Tyson's new girlfriend, walked out the glass double doors and climbed inside. New look for Tyson Then came Tyson himself. He stepped out into freedom surrounded by 11 men, who hid Tyson from view. You could see, however, that he wore a white lace skull cap. You could also see his new beard. Tyson didn't wave. But as the limousine rolled out to the country road and turned left, people clapped and waved supportive signs. And it felt well, wrong. Can we review? Here we have a thug convicted of rape released from prison after serving three years on a six-year sentence for raping a beauty pageant contestant in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson has never apologized or expressed remorse. So, to me, he is still a thug. This is worth applause? What is the fascination? There are only two explanations I can offer. The world loves a good villain. And these days, with the Cold War over and Sadaam Hussein neutered, we don't have many we can count on. The other answer could be that true boxing champions are always bigger than sports. Tyson qualifies. He was arrested for snatching purses at age 12 and grew up a brute. He was plucked out of reform school by a boxing expert and tutored too well. Then he went to jail for being exactly the brute he was trained to be. But now what is he? He has converted to Islam while in prison, and the word "Islam" means peace and submission in Arabic. An assistant warden told reporters that before Tyson left, he had thanked the warden "for being fair." Upon being freed, Tyson answered no questions, but he released this statement: "I'm very happy to be out and on my way home. I want to thank everyone for their support. I will have more to say in the future. I'll see you all soon." First stop at temple Sooner than most thought, as it turned out. We trailed the limousine to the nearby Islamic Center of North America. There, Tyson said prayers with another former boxing champion, Muhammad Ali. Pop star Hammer also attended. Reporters were invited inside to witness the service, as long as they took off their shoes. Muhammad Siddeeq, who tutored Tyson in Islam while in prison, led the prayers. "He came, he can't stay, but we appreciate him taking the time to do this," said Siddeeq. Tyson left abruptly in the limo for a private jet to Cleveland. Sean Dawson and his buddies from Decatur had somehow found their way to the mosque, also. They were thrilled. "I got to be in the same room as Tyson, and shake hands with Muhammad Ali!" said Dawson. "A big score. The two best boxers ever!" The difference is, one of them acts like a champion. Ali, debilitated by Parkinson's syndrome, wobbled out the door to shake hands with the gathering crowd. He spotted a small boy. Without prompting, he went over and lifted up the boy to kiss him. Ah' is a champion, not only of boxing, of the human race. As for the other guy, it'll take more than one prayer service to convince me. Mark Purdy's column appears in The En-j quirer on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Teen hit in second drive-by Police seek similar car in Madisonville, Kennedy Heights shootings fSKennedy Heights BY MARK SKERTIC The Cincinnati Enquirer A pair of drive-by shootings in less than 12 hours severely injured two teen-agers and jolted residents on the city's northeast side. Joseph Marsh, 17, was shot twice in the back in the 6000 block of Chandler Street in Madisonville about 3:?0 a.m. Saturday. His shooting came about 11 hours after Rhonda Johnson, 13, was shot once in the head in nearby Kennedy Heights. Authorities have not said whether they think the incidents are related. But in both cases they are looking for three men who were driving an older model, light blue Chrysler. The news of Marsh's shooting shocked people in the middle-income neighborhood where it occurred. Although the community of 12,000 has been fighting a battle against crack dealers and the customers they attract, shootings are rare. Corrine Brown lives on the street where Marsh was shot, but she didn't know anything about it until Saturday afternoon. "This hasn't been one of the really bad neighborhoods," she said, standing in the entryway of the home she and her husband bought in 1940. "We've had problems, but it's always been pretty nice." Marsh was in critical condition Saturday at University Hos pital. Police released little about their investigation, except for the information about three suspects driving an older model four-door car. A similar description was given of the car driven by the three men suspected of shooting Rhonda Johnson, of the 3600 block of Ravenwood Avenue. She was shot about 4 p.m. near her Kennedy Heights home during a drive-by attack police think (Please see DRIVE-BY, Page B9) m UC researcher disputed about Cold War experiments BY TIM BONFIELD and LINDA DONO REEVES The Cincinnati Enquirer Contrary to testimony from lead researcher Dr. Eugene Saenger, not all patients involved in whole-body radiation experiments 30 years ago at General Hospital were deathly ill. In private interviews Sept. 15 and Oct. 20, Saenger told the President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments that his subjects were "a very far advanced group of people. These were not people who were getting up and riding their bikes to the corner to get some cigarettes." While nearly all patients had terminal cancers, many were not bedridden. Some were well enough to take care DEADLY EXPOSURE of their children, go to work, even drive themselves to the j hospital for radiation ; treatments. One patient is still alive. ,, ! Maude Jacobs of Corryville, who became patient No. 045 on Nov. 7, 1964, was at home taking care of her second family three preteen daughters whose father had died three years earlier. She also had four older children from a previous marriage. "She got a call from the clinic that said she needed to get out there," said her son, Bobby Phillips of Dayton, Ky. "Well, she was well enough that she took a taxi out there. Then she started deteriorating rapidly after that." Jacobs died 25 days later. The dispute about patients' health before treatment is one of several i conflicts between Saenger's description of his research, his own research documents and family members' recollections. The 166-page transcript, released earlier this month, reveals the most candid detail yet about Saenger's role in and attitudes about Cold War radiation research. From 1960 to 1971, University of Cincinnati researchers exposed at least 88 cancer patients to partial- or full-body radiation at what was then General Hospital. Twenty-four patients died within 60 days of radiation doses. Saenger and other UC researchers carried out their work with $651,000 from the Pentagon, which wanted to find out how radiation from nuclear weapons could affect soldiers. (Please see RADIATION, Page B8) JSS5 :..; V SAf '.f -V . '-' J Vr L '- Hey , X 1 'These (radiation-treatment subjects) were not people who were getting up and riding their bikes to the corner to get some cigarettes. ' Dr. Eugene Sanger WA . AV . v- 1 xh I th:i f ' L1L. Estella Goodwin When she walked in Oct. 16, 1965, for a checkup, doctors decided to keep her in the hospital for radiation research. She died Jan. 4, 1966. according to daughter, Otisteen Goodwin John "Joseph" Mitchell 'If they had liked it so much, why did my dad cry and beg me to bring him home?' Catherine Hager, daughter Maude Jacobs 'She was well enough that she took a taxi out there. Then she started deteriorating rapidly after that. ' son Bobby Phillips, fjn i ULJl d, 'I in ifd CJwridlerStinnn Madisonvillelr The Cincinnati EnquirerLongfellow Senator Glenn rails at new ways GOP calling shots gives Democrat fits By PAUL BARTON Enquirer Washington Bureau WASHINGTON In his 21 years in the U.S. Senate, John Glenn has never been known as a firebrand or hot-tempered speaker. But he can go into a desk-pounding fit when he discusses the manners and methods of the Republicans running Congress this year. It's something the 73-year-old Ohio Democrat is having a hard time living with as he remains loyal to President Clinton and tries to plow forward with his pet issue government efficiency. "They act over there in the House and some of the Republicans here in the Senate as if nothing was ever done to try to balance the budget before they arrived on the scene," he said, banging his desk in the Hart Senate Office Building. But Glenn's anger is over much more than that. What really riles him is the way the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, of which he was chairman until the recent GOP takeover, is being operated under new hands. While his replacement is Sen. William Roth, R-Del., Glenn contends that Majority Leader Bob Dole is the one pulling the strings. On several major bills this year, including the landmark government-mandates reform legislation signed into law last week, Roth and Dole have made a farce of what is usually a deliberative process, he said. Hearings often are skipped in the rush to get bills to the floor and keep up with the "Contract with-America" pace over in the House, he said. And amendments in committee are not allowed, he said. "We've had some disagreements, mainly because Sen. Dole has been pushing him very hard on some areas," Glenn said of his relationship with Roth. Dole "insisted on the unfunded mandates (bill) coming out before we had a report on it." The reference was to the usually detailed descriptions of a bill's provisions and possible effects so members can fully understand what Please see GLENN, Page B8) Presidential politics in Ohio: Greatest show on earth Jell the kiddies. The circus is coming to town. Tuesday morning, Ohio's biggest Republican elephants will lumber into Cincinnati, joined tail-to-trunk, to pay homage to Bob Dole, their choice for ringmaster. Phil Gramm, the Texas gunslinger, might have endorsements from state Sen. Eugene Watts, whose claim to fame is that he came in third in a Republican U.S. Senate primary last year, and Ohio House Majority Leader William Batchelder, whose tlaim to fame is that he is not Ohio's Speaker of the House. But jthe big elephants are for Dole. Dole is coming to Cincinnati this week to keynote a huge fund-raiser for Ohio Senate President Stanley Aronoff's Republican Senate campaign fund, which was seriously depleted last fall by Aronoff's spending some $300,000 to nuke Tyrone Yates and make Janet Howard a state senator. Aronoff's campaign till is not the only thing bringing Dole to Ohio. When you're trying to raise $20 million for a presidential campaign, charity HOWARD WILKINSON POLITICS begins at home. So the Senate majority leader will be starting his Ohio visit Monday at the suburban Columbus home of Les Wexner, the man who made The Limited stores omnipresent in the shopping malls of America. After raking in a huge pile of cash from Wexner's friends, Dole will head south down Interstate 71 for a small reception Monday night in Cincinnati with a roomful of high-rollers who like the idea of nibbling canapes with a man who might soon be president. Tuesday morning, at Aronoff's fundraiser, the elephants will be waiting. Aronoff has promised that "everybody who is anybody" in Ohio Republican politics will be there to pledge their fealty to Dole's candidacy. Presumably, that means all of Ohio's statewide elected officers. Dole got a good start on it this past week, when Secretary of State Bob Taft and state Treasurer Ken Blackwell came out for him. Gov. George Voinovich was bagged, branded and corralled months ago by the Dole campaign. Landslide George has even dropped the humble Uriah Heep act lately when asked if he might be interested in being Dole's running mate. He does, in some ways, fit the want ad: Popular governor wanted for subaltern role in federal government. Attendance at state funerals required; must own at least two dark suits. Local government experience preferred. Candidates with permanent parking spaces at Washington National Airport need not apply. Double-figure electoral votes a must. Voinovich and Aronoff, insiders say, have been knocking each other over in their haste to line up big-name Republican support for Dole. Dole wants Ohio in the worst way. With California Gov. Pete Wilson poised to enter the fray and possibly lock up the biggest state delegation to the Republican National Convention, Dole needs to pile up Midwestern states next March as he battles Gramm and a growing army of Republican challengers. Aronoff and Voinovich might well deliver the elephant herd for Dole, but one of the office holders cut his own deal. Blackwell whose friend Jack Kemp decided not to run dealt with Dole personally this week and ended up not only endorsing Dole's candidacy, but snagged a position on Dole's national steering committee. Blackwell, who did a stint as ambassador to the United Nations' Human Rights Commission in the Bush administration, will have a role in shaping the campaign's national security positions. Makes it hard to tell who the lead elephant is. Howard Wilkinson covers politics for The Enquirer. His column appears Jm Sundays. :.

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